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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Aug 1, 2011 7:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Don't You Like the 80's?

Interesting well presented thread WD,I figure I saw round about 150 shows in the 80's,and not one show,not one set,did I see a great band.On occasion I saw flashes of a once great guitarist in Garcia,every so often Phil would actually play some inspired bass as opposed to dropping bombs,but for the most part the rest of the band was just unimpressive or worse,Weir went from being a brilliant,innovative guitarist to an abrasive,hack rock star,Billy had the handicap that is Mickey thrown in his lap thus compromising his talent.None of what was good about the 70's translated to the 80's,and while they still managed to create some good music,it on no level approaches the beautiful,engaging music they made in their prime.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 1, 2011 9:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Don't You Like the 80's?

And yet you went to 150 shows.... Something tells me that, like Cliff, perhaps you felt differently at the time... The lure of deadhead chicks, perhaps?

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Aug 2, 2011 9:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Don't You Like the 80's?

That is funny and brings back some memories that are not meant to be shared. Usually full of wisdom, we don't get to see your funny bone. :)

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Aug 2, 2011 11:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Don't You Like the 80's?

Well thank you for he kind words Diamonhead,I can't speak to the wisdom business,but I will cop to having no problem sharing my opinion.I actually have a real good sense of humor,I know it might not be all that evident,but trust me I'm open to a good laugh.I appreciate a poster who I have I respected paying me a compliment,I remember some of you posts on the Universal Amphitheatre shows from 73',Hendrix shows,and Cream and various other insights.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Aug 1, 2011 11:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Don't You Like the 80's?

Yeah,lots of pretty,somewhat like minded ladies,a less harsh attitude as to what I was hearing,although it was obvious it wasn't what it was,we held out some hope that things would get better.It was much different in 80'-81',the vibe around the scene was casual,and a lot less cluttered with people with a different agenda for being there,most folks went to go to the show and get off on the music,not the scene or drug of choice for the night,this started to change around 82'-83' for me,not with the touch heads,it was a gradual decline.You could do 30-40 shows a year just doing the east coast spring tour,a leg of the summer tour and east coast fall tour.I found an interest in free jazz around 83' and backed off on the GD,the last time I enjoyed their music live in the 80's was the 6 Dylan shows,it wasn't great ,but it was 6 shows with fuckin' Bob Dylan,I got chills each and every night,they played Joey and Frankie Lee and Judas Priest,how critical can you be.After those I don't have a single pleasant memory until the David Murray MSG show in 93'.

This post was modified by jerlouvis on 2011-08-02 06:06:51

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